Significant Dates in Warsaw's History


1803  -  Settlement of Warsaw started by Elizur Webster

1807  -  First school opened in a log shanty on South Main Street

1808  -  Town of Warsaw partitioned from Batavia

1808  -  Town's first church, the Congregational Church was organized

1808  -  First physician, Chauncey L. Sheldon, started to practice here.

1811  -  Post Office opened.  Receipts first year were $50

1812  -  1815  Warsaw furnished nearly 60 men in the War of 1812

1813  -  Almond Stevens established the first store

1816  -  Year without a summer

1817  -  First lawyer settled here

1817  -  Singing schools commenced

1817  -  First Sunday School formed in log cabin on West Hill

1817-1821  -  First church ediface erected

1823  -  Library started

1825  -  Erie Canal opened

1828  -  Genesee Registrar, the town's first newspaper published

1833  -  Fire company of 20 men organized

1833  -  Formed Anti-slavery Society

1836  -  Tower clock bought -  placed in tower of church

1836  -  The American Citizen, an anti-slavery newspaper was published

1839  -   Liberty Party formed at First Presbyterian Church

1839  -  Warsaw abolitionists mobbed

1841  -   Warsaw had 15 stationmasters and conductors of the underground railroad

1841  -  Wyoming County partitioned from Genesee County

1841  -  Warsaw chosen as county seat

1843  -  The Village of Warsaw incorporated by special act of the Legislature

1844  -  First Wyoming County Fair held in Warsaw

1846  -  Cobblestone school buiding, the Warsaw Academy, constructed

1851  -  Fugitive Slave, Mary Jones arrives pregnant with daughter

1851  -  Joshua Darling opened the first bank

1852  -  First railroad put into operation -  presently the Erie-Lackawanna

1853  -  Academic department added to the school

1856  -   Had a population of 1200 citizens

1856  -   Augustus Frank, son of Dr. Augustus Frank elected first Republican Congressman

1859  -  First stone side walks laid

1859  -  Artificial gas plant opened

1865  -  Augustus Frank helped introduce 13th Amendment

1867  -  Warsaw's biggest fire.  All the stores on the west side of Main Street from Buffalo Street to a point opposite Genesee Street destroyed.  Loss  $150,000

1868  -  George W. Frank and Elbert E. Farman established Park Street

1869  -  Andrew W. Young published his History of Warsaw

1869  -  Elbert E. Farman appointed District Attorney

1870  -  Private water system put into operation

1871  -  First street lights.  Artificial gas used as illuminant

1871  -  Present fire department formed

1872  -  Fire hall built

1873  -  Three story school house built on Buffalo Street

1876  -  Elbert E. Farman appointed Consul General at Cairo

1877  -  First pupils were graduated from Warsaw High School

1877  -  Wyoming County Civil War Monument erected

1878  -  First water bound Macadam street laid

1882  -   Elbert E. Farman chiefly instrumental for securing from Egypt the granite obelisk    known as "Cleopatra's needle" which stood in front of the temple of Caesar in Alexandria and which  is now in Central Park, New York.

1882  -  Telephone exchange opened with 12 subscribers

1882  -  Manufacture of salt commenced

1891  -  Electric power plant built and streets lighted with electricity

1893  -  Town and Village built town and village hall

1893  -  Political Equality Club started

1893  - Ella Hawley Crossett elected President of New York State Suffrage Association

1903  -  Warsaw celebrated its Centennial

1906  -  Warsaw Public Library opened

1907  -  Yorkshire Salt Plant closed, the last one of eight plants in town

1908  -  Fire truck and team purchased

1909  -  Pavilion Natural Gas Company starts supplying the community

1911  -  Hospital started, present Wyoming County Community Hospital

1914  -  Main Street paved, the first street so paved

1920  -  Village purchased first motor fire truck

1922  -  Bus line started operating through Warsaw

1925  -  Village buys fairgrounds for a park

1938  -  1939  -  Filter sewage treatment plant and swimming pool constructed

1952  -  Wyoming County Community Hospital dedicated.  Cost  $1,850,000

1953  -  Warsaw Central School Building dedicated.  Cost over $2,100,000

1961  -  Elementary School opened on West Court Street.  Cost  $600,000

1967  -  Flood Control Project in Oatka Creek started

1967  -  Cass Combination of newspapers sold

1968  -  Fire Hall on East Buffalo Street demolished.